Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/17/14
Cincinnati Reds (18-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-21)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Homer Bailey (R) (3-2) (4.721) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (0-2) (5.323)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -119 / Cincinnati Reds +109 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, CSN-Philadephia
The Cincinnati Reds shoot for consecutive victories at Citizens Bank Park versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
The National League Central belongs to Milwaukee right now as most of the contenders haven't played well thus far. That includes Cincinnati who has played around .500 ball over the past few weeks. The Reds took a positive step Friday with a 3-0 win at Philadelphia. Alfredo Simon was outstanding with a five hit shutout over 7.2 frames before Arnoldis Chapman put the tying runners on in the 9th to make the team sweat. The visitors received a three run homer from Devin Mesoraco in the first and that was all she wrote. Cincinnati sends Homer Bailey to the bump in game two of their series against Philadelphia. Bailey is trying to recover from a slow start where he has gone 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in his last three outings.
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Philadelphia has been struggling in most areas and have their backs against the wall with last in the National League East all to their lonesome. The struggles continued in a series opening loss to visiting Cincinnati on Friday that has the Phils staring at defeats in eight of ten. Starter Kyle Kendrick made one bad pitch and it left the yard for a three run jack in the first and that was all he allowed through seven frames. That was still too much for the offense to overcome with only six hit to their credit. Left hander Cole Hamels takes the ball Saturday versus Cincinnati hoping to duplicate his last start. Hamels did not get a decision in a 5-4 loss to the Mets where he gave up a run over seven frames while striking out ten.
Hamels has faced Cincinnati ten times and has never lost which is complete dominance. Of course backing him is hoping for runs from the Phillies which isn't a guarantee. I'm going against the trends and taking the Reds but I won't be betting either team...